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By no means am I trying to jack this thread;)

Just a quick question to all:) you guys think it's better to do a concave or a convex 'scape in a 29-gal? Or for that matter, whatever shape you dem suitable for a tank this size. I need to do this relatively soon since I have recently gotten the lighting part done. It is a 2X55W. Plants I can add whatever; just let me know what you all think which aquascaping shape is better. Thanks(Just trying to save some threads)

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I think a mound (convex) would be pretty difficult in a 29g because of the narrow width and height. Personally, I would go with either a 'triangle' layout or a concave layout.

But don't just restrict yourself to those three...

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Hey, guys, thanks for giving me a separate thread! I know in a way this will help those with 29-gal or smaller tanks plan their set ups. Carlos, thanks for the advice. I totally agree with you. The convex 'mound' would not look too pleasing in such a tank; maybe in tanks that are longer.

I will see what I can do with the materials I have. Currently, I have strands of wood on both side of the tank, leaving an open space in the middle. So far the fish seem to be digging this set up. Tetras been chasing and courting like crazy. Again, any other opinions welcomed:)

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I have a 29 in storage that I some times think about... My most tempting visions involve a mound scape for a 20 long with emergent growth and driftwood. One could call it an island scape.
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Since some of the plants I ordered still haven't arrived yet, I went ahead and planted the ones I have. These were:

Foreground:E.acicularis, E.tenellus

Middle-background:C.wendtii, R.indica

Plants I have yet to receive: R.wallachii, R.magenta, and A.nana

My question now is: In a 29-gal, what would be considered 'enough' number of intensive colored plants(red, purple, etc...not green), in terms of choices.....Not number as in how many stems. Hope this wasn't confusing. If so then allow me to apologize

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What shape did you decide on?

You have few strong greens to contrast with your reds. Some nice contrasting greens off the top of my head are: Hygrophila corymbosa (several leaf shapes available), Eichhornia diversifolia, Vallisneria, Micranthemum, Myriophyllum, Bacopa, ...ect
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Paul,

Just a word of advice on planting the wendtii's as a 'mid-background'. I have a 29 gal with wendtii and in time they will reach the water surface. Every 6 months or so, I have to pull out the entire clump and thin them out. My wendtii's will grow slowly for a long time, and it's almost as if they reach a 'critical mass' and then they seem to take off and I have leaves at the surface.
 

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A better option for a midground Cryptocoryne would be Cryptocoryne wendtii 'Tropica', also known as C. wendtii 'Bronze'. It stays significantly shorter, plus has very nice bullate leaf texture.

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Carlos, you hit the mark BIG time :D I did use C.wendtii 'Bronze', and it is in the middle ground; a bit off center to the right. I then decided to toss the rest of my other crypts into my backyard pool; something in my head just told me to not use those in this 29-gal. Just didn't seem right. So thanks, guys, on this one!

As for the shape, hm.....I am not really sure what it is or looks like. All I can say is it took me a whole darn week just to get it right. And by that I don't claim to have created the ultimate design, but it felt 'right' to me. Also, please consider this as my tribute to all of you guys; your endless advice and suggestions. So in a way this tank is dedicated to you, by way of having inspired me in the past and to remind me to not give up. 'Cus I can swear that there came many a time when I would be trying to plant the hairgrass shoot by shoot, and just got really tired of it all. Then I remembered having read what Amano said about aquascaping; he said he probably failed more times before he even considered himself knowledgeble enough to carry on this hobby! I guess my whole point is to just do it and not be afraid of the consequences; if you don't like what you created you can always change it or improvise it later. So at the end of the day when everything is said and done, just show it! And I will; keep this thread alive, y'all~

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